The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.~~Albert Einstein
I love the way the past and present can sometimes collide into one, when years dissipate and we pick up from a moment in time, like a heart never missing a beat.
An early morning rendezvous with two school chums this morning did exactly that for me. We laughed our way through highschool and we’re still laughing today! One friend remarked how we picked up as if those years hadn’t existed. While one friend was at my book launch in 2009, the other I hadn’t seen in twenty-seven years. Yup, I did say twenty-seven. Remarkable, that I have such a vivid memory of her from way back when I was three. (Okay, so I’ll admit that was a pretty lame joke,)
What I won’t joke about is time and the ability we have to transcend our concept of what time really is. Life constantly changes, taking us along with it, but some things remain steadfast. The outside packaging may alter, but our sense of humour, our morality, and the essence of who we are, stay the same.
Here’s to the past, the present and the future. I hope to see these two ladies more often in the years ahead. Twenty-seven years are definitely too many. Sherry and Gail it was a real blast.
How was your weekend? Have you had reason to connect recently with someone from your past?
Posted by Laura Best on May 19, 2013
Awhile back I mentioned that I was through with the book edits. That was true…Sort of. Once the editing was completed it went for proofreading. From there the proofreader had a few tiny suggestions. Actually, a few words here and there that required my okay. Basically, your run-of-the-mill piece of cake. So small, in fact, it hardly counts at least not in my (pardon the pun) book! Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
You might remember that I mentioned the book isn’t due out until fall, so why the rush with the edits? At least that’s what I thought. So I mentioned in passing to my editor how things seemed to be moving along very quickly. (I’d been through this before and I recall working on the edits well into August before it went to the proof-reader.) Aah! but apparently there was a reason for this. My book has gone to the printers! That is to say, Advanced Reading Copies are being printed. Yes, that’s right! I’m thrilled. This way the book will be sent to reviewers and bookstores before it actually comes out. A bit of a jump start. The book will go through one more proofreading before it goes to print “for real.” I’ll also have a read through and, hopefully, all typos will be caught!
But for now I can go back to the novel I was working on this winter, something that I’m anxious to do. Juggling work and writing and editing is a bit tricky, but until I get that million dollar publishing contract I quess I’ll be working for a living. Okay, so I’m being greedy. It really wouldn’t take a million dollar contract to persuade me to write full time…..but close!
The tulips Miss Charlotte helped Guppy plant two years ago are blooming. I snapped a photo. Oddly enough, I mentioned to my husband that I thought they were a light purple last year. Looking back at a photo I posted on FB last year, I saw that my memory hadn’t failed me. I’m supposing the purple ones haven’t opened up yet and that explains the red. If not, those tuilps have some explaining to do.
Posted by Laura Best on May 11, 2013
Okay, out with it. Have a good laugh. What? Nothing out there to make your eyes sparkle and your insides vibrate you say? Umm, maybe you’re not looking hard enough.
They say laughter is the best medicine, and I tend to agree. I laugh a lot. I can’t help it. If God saw fit to give us a sense of humour, I say let’s put it to good use. After all, there must be something more to laughing than a noise erupting from our open mouths and our bellies jiggling. The experts all seem to agree that it’s good for us. They can’t ALL be wrong, can they ?
Recently, I read some advise in a health book that said, “Take time to laugh every day.” It sounded like a no-brainier to me. Take time to laugh actually sounds weird. It sounds as though the author is saying we should put it on our to-do list to make sure we don’t forget. Hmmm, I wonder how that would work.
I think it would look silly on a run–of-the-mill to do list, not only that, it makes me wonder if I accidentally let one slip out before I get to it on my list, does that mean I’m all set for the day. I can wait until tomorrow before I laugh again. Hmmm.
A trip out to the clothesline this morning while I was working on this post brought another idea into my mind. Perhaps we need to take a moment and rethink these to-do lists we’re constantly constructing, maybe fill it with fun things that don’t necessarily have us striving to do more and moving mountains in the process. In fact, maybe I’ll make a new list. I’ll call it a To-Live List. Here goes.
Friday`s To- Live List
- Spend time in the sunshine. (There’s nothing like a good dose of sunshine to brighten dampened spirits or to simply make us feel alive. In fact, it should be a requirement for daily living.)
- Smile at a stranger. I do this all the time in the grocery store. It’s such a simple thing, but you never know the smile you give someone else might be exactly what they needed for that day. Not only that, it fills us up and doesn’t cost a cent. : )
- Create. I don’t care how you do it or how well. We all came to the planet to create in one way or another. So get busy. But..but..but.. I don’t draw or paint or write, you might be saying. Keep in mind that creativity comes in many forms, gardening, knitting, scrapbooking, sewing, cooking, baking, the list is endless. If you enjoy doing it, go for it!
- Tell yourself you’re awesome every day, and mean it. How do I know you’re awesome? We all are. We wouldn’t be here if we weren’t. We need to be our own cheering section. There won’t always be someone there to tell us how awesome we are.
- Laugh at life or yourself, whichever one works for you. What, you don’t think life is funny? Life offers us many, many opportunities to laugh. If something funny didn’t happen this day, thank goodness your memory will help you pull something out of its long repertoire of funny- things-that-have-happened-in-the-past-that-can-still-make-me-laugh-out-loud-to this- day moments. I’m still chuckling over last weekend’s blunder when hubby and I came out of the mall and could not find the car. We hunted and hunted, until we eventually found it exactly where we’d parked it. Imagine that! Hubby’s comment was, “When we get older it won’t pay for us to go out of the house!” I had to agree.
- Sing. I think singing ranks right up there with laughter. When I think of all the beautiful songs in the world it just blows my mind. Being able to express ourselves through music is such a wonderful gift. It doesn’t matter if the tune you’re carrying won’t fit in that bucket of yours, who says we have to perform for anyone. Besides, most times the lyrics are something to be marvelled at as well.
- Feel gratitude. Gratitude is something we all feel, or should feel, daily. For those of you who think they’ve nothing to be grateful for, maybe you just haven’t looked hard enough. At the very least feel gratitude for another day with you in it. And don’t forget to say thank you. I find many things that make me smile inwardly as I say a silent thank you, to the Universe, to God, to whatever force of higher intelligence you might believe in that keeps this world of ours flowing.
Since I like the number 7, I’ll end my list of “To Live “ items here. I happen to think all these things are important. There are plenty more things I could have added to this list, but I have only so much time for blogging. So, I`ll leave you to continue….If you were making a To Live list what might you add?
Posted by Laura Best on May 3, 2013
Time is slipping by. No kidding. I turned around and found out that May is looming in the shadows. I’m still clinging to April, although I’ll admit it hasn’t been the kind of April here in Nova Scotia to make anyone get up out of bed at 2:00 in the morning to shout about. Okay, that’s extreme. I’m not sure anything warrants getting out of a warm cozy bed at 2:00 in the morning.
A few weeks back we were visited by three, beavers. While I believe in respecting all God’s creatures I’m pretty annoyed
with the destruction these guys have done to the lakeshore. I don’t like to see my trees cut down. Even some of our small apple trees Hubby grafted last year fell prey to these menaces. The evening I went down to take a photo I learned a
lesson about beavers. Don’t mess with them. One kept coming out of the water toward us and he didn’t look very happy at all. Someone on Facebook sent me a link to a news story about a man who was attacked by a beaver while taking a
photo and died when it bit him in the thigh. So be warned: Beavers may look innocent, but looks can be deceiving. I grew up thinking most wildlife was frightened of humans. I mean it’s a beaver for goodness sake!
The edits on my book are pretty much done. There might possibly be a little tweaking to do, but I expect the next time I see it will be for a proofread. The cuts I had to make went well, and didn’t end up being as painful as one might imagine. I was able to hang onto a scene that I was quite partial to even though it was one I’d considered cutting at one point. That’s about it for now. I expect the next time I post it’ll be to show yout he cover image for the new book. Yay!
Someone on Facebook asked me to post a photo of the beavers so I’ll leave you with these photos.
Posted by Laura Best on April 25, 2013
So I’ve been kind of hiding around blogland this winter, coming out occasionally to see what going on. You may or may not have noticed.
I wanted to give a shout out to a few new blogs I discovered this past week. I hope you’ll pop on over if you have time and see what they’re all about.
The Storm Project
The Rain Girl
Part Time Art Projet
Winter’s been flying by and I’ve been busy writing. Nothing really new to report here. At the end of January, my editor emailed to say she’d lost pretty much all of January due to illness and so this meant the edits on my novel was pushed back. This just means I’ll have more time to work on my current WIP. Yes, I did get through a first draft and now it’s time to start all over again.
Is a writer ever really through with a manuscript? Most of us can always find something we want to change, but alas, there comes a time when we have to say enough is enough.
Now with a book contract signed and “To Fly With a Broken Wing” due to come out this fall it’ll soon be time to start thinking about all the things that go along with having a newly published book— book launches and signing, readings, and meeting new people. Still, it’s a fair ways away. I don’t have a cover yet for the book, but I’ll be sure to share it with all of you when I do.
So there you have it, a quick, kind of dull summary of where I’m at. And with March edging closer to an ending, I’m anxious for the nice weather and a few signs of spring to come our way.
Now’s your turn to tell me where you’re at. Speak up!
Posted by Laura Best on March 13, 2013
It’s World Book Day. Bet you didn’t know that.
My source tells me that March 7th is World Book Day. (That source being Facebook of course.)
I popped on over to the site only to see Bitter Sweet as one of the books listed. Um, wrong Bitter, Sweet, however. This one has no comma and was written by Cathy Cassidy. Still, kind of a cool coincidence, don’t you think?
In honour of this day why not give a shout-out to a book you think is great, either one you’ve read, one you’ve written or one you hope to write?
Posted by Laura Best on March 7, 2013